Fr Colm Murphy tells of Pakistan’s Christians and why Holy Week has a special significance for them.
Some years ago, on a visit to northern Burma, I met a German Sister, a theologian, who had come to give courses to the local clergy. Such courses were common in the territories formerly entrusted to the Columbans, due to Burma’s isolation from the rest of the world since the years immediately following the Second Vatican Council. They were part of a necessary updating of the local diocesan Church.
The Church in Pakistan
The German Sister had hoped that, at least in that diocese in north Burma, there would be as many men as women at Sunday Mass. She was disappointed to find that, even there, women far outnumbered the men in the congregation. Unfortunately it did not strike me at the time to suggest that she go to Pakistan. There certainly she would find as many men as women at Mass.